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AT&T Ranked one of the 50 Most Community-Minded Companies for Third Straight Year

PRESS RELEASE - I have worked at AT&T for over 18 years. Most of that time has been spent in various sales and operations roles and I’ve really enjoyed my time with this company. But I’ve particularly enjoyed the past three years leading our community engagement programs. Why? Because I get to see firsthand how community investment and volunteer service impacts people and their communities. Because I get to see how corporations and small businesses across the country who participate in this work are so much more than product or service providers. This visibility has changed my life. It’s caused me to rethink my personal priorities and increased my awareness of how simple acts of giving and service can lead to positive changes in society.

ASU's Sustainability Solutions Festival challenges audiences to (re)imagine the world

PRESS RELEASE - TEMPE, Ariz – Dec. 3, 2014 – The eyes, ideas and imagination of the sustainability world will turn to Arizona in February as Arizona State University (ASU) hosts the second annual Sustainability Solutions Festival at venues across the greater Phoenix area. 

Nanodegree Scholarship Program Expanded to an Additional 1,000 Students

PRESS RELEASE - Nanodegrees, a new category of online degrees launched by AT&T and Udacity this fall, provide affordable and accessible training for jobs in the tech industry. As a company that relies on a highly skilled tech workforce, we believe that new educational pathways such as nanodegrees will help more people gain industry-relevant skills to fuel the 21st century workforce. This is also why, together with Udacity, we created the nanodegree scholarship program. Through AT&T Aspire, we are committed to helping students — regardless of age, gender, income or zip code — make their biggest dreams a reality.

Groups That Fuel High School Success Receive $12.5 Million From AT&T, Serving 28,000 Students

PRESS RELEASE - 30 Organizations Across US Receive Contributions to Help Students Graduate High School College and Career Ready. Thirty organizations that serve 28,000 high school students across the country will receive nearly $12.5 million from AT&T* to strengthen and expand their programs. These evidence-based program help students graduate from high school prepared for college and a career. Recipient organizations were announced today at an event in the DC Promise Neighborhood, one of the awardees. “These programs are the best of the best in the country,” said Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer, AT&T. “They have demonstrated a proven ability to prepare students for future success, and we’re delighted to help them scale.”

BASF and Schuster develop recycled cardboard for fast food packaging

PRESS RELEASE - Ludwigshafen and Hebertshausen, Germany – December 3, 2014 – BASF and "Feinpappenwerk Gebr. Schuster GmbH & Co. KG" are working jointly on a solution for a combined migration and grease barrier on recycled cardboard. The biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606 is applied to recycled cardboard in an extrusion coating process. This enables the proportion of recycled paper fibers in fast food packaging to be increased while simultaneously making it industrially compostable.Greaseproof, liquid tight and migration resistant due to ecovio® PS 1606

AT&T Pledges to Support 100Kin10, National Network to Grow STEM Initiatives

PRESS RELEASE - By: Nicole Anderson We are stepping up to the challenge to help increase the number of students and workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in our country. Our company is one of the largest employers in the country – in 2013 alone we hired about 25,000 employees. Almost ¾ of our recent student hires – including interns – begin their career in a technology centric area. We believe that advancing STEM education is a critical investment to preparing our future workforce.

EnerG2 and BASF announce multifaceted partnership

PRESS RELEASE - EnerG2, a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced carbon materials for next-generation energy storage devices, and BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, today announced a strategic partnership. EnerG2 and BASF entered into a comprehensive collaboration to improve and scale-up the production of EnerG2’s proprietary carbon materials for use in supercapacitor electrodes and as a performance additive in start-stop lead-acid batteries. Both technologies play an important role in short-term energy storage for automotive and industrial applications.

My Experience Working and Living Openly Gay in AT&T’s Proud, Award-winning Workplace

PRESS RELEASE - By: Scott Sapperstein As an openly gay general manager at AT&T, I experience AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion firsthand; my story as an employee is special because it is unremarkable. From the day I joined AT&T 13 years ago, AT&T fostered an environment where I feel comfortable to share who I am. My husband Rob is a part of my work life just like any spouse, and when he and I married, I was proud to share the news with my AT&T family.

HP Reinforces Protection of Foreign Migrant Workers

PRESS RELEASE - PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov.10 2014 —HP today took a major step forward in expanding its leading supply chain program on preventing exploitative labor practices and forced labor. HP is the first company in the IT industry to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in its supply chain. The additional standard combines this direct employment requirement with rights relating to worker retention of passports and personal documentation and the elimination of worker-paid recruitment fees.   The HP Foreign Migrant Worker Standard was developed in consultation with Verité, an international nonprofit that promotes safe, fair, and legal working conditions, and has specific expertise in combatting forced labor in supply chains.

Sustainable Brands Allures Distinguished Brand Leaders to London Conference

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, November 4, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® kicks off another community event in London today, SB’14 London at the Lancaster London. The conference brings together 400 influential brand leaders and cutting-edge practitioners of environmental and social innovation across 28 countries who are driving business success towards a regenerative economy.

Offsetters Climate Solutions to present on British Columbia's iconic Great Bear Forest Carbon Project at Sustainable Brands: London November 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE - What: The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project – one of the largest carbon management projects in the world and is helping to protect more than 6 million hectares of land on British Columbia’s coast – will be the focal point for Offsetters Climate Solutions as they present at Sustainable Brands: London. The conference is attended by brand leaders from corporations like 3M, H&M, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and Target. 

Research Institute and BASF Subsidiary Cooperating to Further Develop Thin Film Superconductors

PRESS RELEASE - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH establish joint laboratoryResearch institute and BASF subsidiary cooperating to further develop thin film superconductorsKarlsruhe and Rheinbach, October 29th, 2014 – The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH have made it their goal to develop tailored high-temperature superconductors for energy technology applications. The research institute and the BASF subsidiary New Business GmbH have signed relevant cooperation agreements.

Novozymes recognized by CDP as world leader for corporate action on climate change

PRESS RELEASE - As a result of its actions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change, Novozymes has been awarded with a position on the A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014 by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies. Novozymes is one of the 187 companies that has been awarded an A grade for its climate performance, earning a position on this global ranking of corporate efforts to mitigate climate change. The index presents 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation.

Sustainable Brands Releases 2015 Global Event Calendar

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2014 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced its 2015 global events calendar. Nominations for dynamic business leaders challenging current paradigms on topics related to sustainability and brand innovation are now being accepted for several upcoming 2015 events. Companies looking to advance their sustainability agendas are encouraged to sponsor community engagement activities at each of these events.SB’15 Bangkok  |  March 18-19, 2015 in Bangkok, ThailandSB’15 Barcelona  |  April 27-28, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain

The UPS Foundation Awards Nearly $2.5 Million in Environmental Grants

PRESS RELEASE - More Than Three Million Trees Planted Across 47 Countries to Support Global Environmental SustainabilityThe UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS® (NYSE: UPS), announced it has awarded nearly $2.5 million to non-profit organizations with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. The UPS Foundation's largest environmental grant recipient is The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization that works globally to protect ecologically important lands and bodies of water.

Global Sustainable Brands Community Leaders to Gather in London for Purpose-Driven Brand Innovation Conference

PRESS RELEASE - Sustainable Brands® recently announced program details for its pan-European conference to be held at the Lancaster London, November 3-5. The conference will bring together hundreds of influential brand leaders and cutting-edge practitioners of environmental and social innovation who are driving business success towards a regenerative economy.

Sustainable Brands Community Reveals Leading-Edge Business Performance Metrics

PRESS RELEASE - The Sustainable Brands® community announces several initiatives focused on identifying, measuring and quantifying entirely new forms of business risk and value. Global senior executives across diverse industry sectors are convening at New Metrics ’14 in Cambridge, MA today to launch research results and initiatives that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial performance.Co-Presented this year by MIT Sloan School of Management Sustainability Initiative, New Metrics ’14 showcases the following companies with either exclusive launches or results presented for the first time to a live audience.

MIT Sloan MBA program draws highest female percentage in school history

PRESS RELEASE - Women seek to make all business sectors more “female friendly”New MIT Sloan students at orientation in August They comprise the highest ever female percentage of an entering MBA class at MIT Sloan, but some of the women now beginning their studies hope to reshape gender lines far beyond their Cambridge campus.

Air pollution and CO2 reduction policies net same health benefits

PRESS RELEASE - Study: Cutting emissions pays for itselfSavings from healthier air can make up for some or all of the cost of carbon-reduction policies.